Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
1998 Ducati 916SPS 'Fogarty Replica' No. 075
Registration no. 9522 LJ
Frame no. ZDMH100AAWB001680
Engine no. 001837
Although Ducati's water-cooled 8-valve v-twin had been around in its original 851 and 888 incarnations for six years and had already won four World Superbike Championships, it was the arrival of the iconic 916 for 1994 that really captured the public's imagination. Styled by Massimo Tamburini, the 916 and its subsequent evolutions established Ducati as one of the world's foremost brand names. Universally recognised as icons of automotive art, Ducati motorcycles have been exhibited in some of the world's foremost museums, including the Guggenheim in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.
The original 916 Strada was superseded by the Biposto (two-seat) version and the higher-specification SP. The latter's engine remained at 916cc but added twin fuel injectors and bigger valves to the package for increased power and torque. The SP reverted to a single seat unit (with white number boards) while gaining superior Öhlins rear suspension. Next came the ultra-exclusive 916SPS derivative of which only 400 examples were made. Despite the name, the 916SPS enjoyed the advantages of an over-bored engine displacing 996cc and delivering a mighty 132bhp at the rear wheel. The cost new was an equally staggering £18,400.
Capitalising on Carl Fogarty's World Superbike Championship successes, Ducati introduced the limited edition 916SPS 'Fogarty Replica' in 1998 at the behest of UK importer Moto Cinelli. Only 202 were made, one going to the great man himself while another was retained for Ducati's museum, with the rest going to wealthy (the list price was £20,000-plus) British enthusiasts. Like the standard 916SPS on which it was based, the 'Foggy Rep' used the 996cc motor but in a slightly higher state of tune courtesy of a full titanium exhaust system, larger airbox and altered fuel injection mapping. Other 'goodies' included lightweight Marchesini wheels, carbon-fibre seat unit, carbon swinging arm protector and colour-matched mirrors. A full racing decal set and white competition number panels completed the mouth-watering picture.
The 916SPS we offer is identified as number '075' of the series by the engraved plaque on the top yoke. Previously registered 'S318 SAH', the 'Foggy Rep' was purchased by its late owner from V-Duo Motorcycles of Lincoln on 22nd October 2010 and reregistered as '9522 LJ' shortly afterwards. The machine is offered with Haynes workshop manual, purchase receipt, warranty booklet (two stamps), assorted re-registration paperwork, sundry invoices, old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents and a quantity of MoT certificates dating back to 2002 (most recent issued 26th September 2012 at 3,652 miles (the current odometer reading).
Of all the members of the 916 family, the SPS and 'Fogarty Replica' are considered the most collectible and this low-mileage example must surely represent a 'blue chip' investment for the future.